T.L. - I know this may seem a bit "premature" given the race report from Anglesey has yet to be published. However, with tight programme deadlines to work to, Mark had to write a piece prior to round four, due to there being "back to back" championship events on consecutive weekends.
Welcome to the preview for the fifth round of the A.C.U./F.S.R.A. Formula 2 British Sidecar Championship in conjunction with our series sponsors for this year: ARC Newton Aycliffe, Lockside Engineering, Yorkshire Engine Supplies, Whitby Cottages, Pagid Racing and from the Isle of Man A.V. Craine and Sons. From all the registered competing teams and members of the F.S.R.A. a big thank you for your continuing support.
This will be the second of three meetings this season hosted by Auto 66 club and Cadwell Park. A favourite circuit among many of the teams in rural Lincolnshire. This round will have an added attraction as the overall winner of the weekend will be awarded the prestigious Steve Norbury Trophy. This will be presented by representatives of the Norbury family. Steve was a regular competitor at British level and became British F2 sidecar champion in 2006. Steve had many podiums at the TT with four second place finishes and seven times finished third. Steve went on to race the long Formula One bike in the World Championships and whilst competing at a German Championship round in Hockenheim in 2008 sadly succumbed to his injuries after an accident.
The second round which took place in April at Cadwell saw the partnership of Crawford/Farrance take the win on Saturday with the Lowther brothers John and Jake in second and Harrison/Winkle in third, the latter achieving a podium spot at this years Isle of Man TT.
The second race saw the reigning champions Founds/Walmsley take the win from father and son Steve and Matty Ramsden who enjoyed great success in winning three out of four races at the Barry Sheene Festival at Oliver's Mount on the 22nd and 23rd July; while Harrison/Winkle secured another third place finish.
The team of Founds/Walmsley were leading the championship by thirty eight points before last weeks round at Anglesey, with John and Jake Lowther who achieved a maiden victory together at the Barry Sheene Festival tied on ninety five points with Steve and Matty Ramsden.
In the F2 cup there were also different winners, on the Saturday it was Anderson/Gravel taking the win, with Lumley/Whitnall in second and taking the final podium spot from the Isle of Man Jackson/Crowe. On the Sunday it was the pairing of Remnant/Tilley taking the win from F2 Cup championship leaders Ilaria/James and in third place Jackson/Crowe. Before last weeks meeting at Anglesey the leading protagonists were Ilaria/James with a twelve point lead over second place Jackson/Crowe and five points further back Remnant/Tilley.
For the statisticians out there, the current FSRA Super F2 lap record is currently held by Neary/Knapton set over seven years ago with a blistering time of 1:37.32s. The current F2 Cup lap record isnt too shabby either with a time of 1:38.189 recorded by Founds/Walmsley in 2015.
There will be live timing for this event found online at the link below